Week 51   Day 5


The old apostle John addresses this letter

            to a lady and her children 

This is a good introduction for us

            to the next book we will be reading



I say this because his imagery of a women with children

            refers not to a literal family

            but probably means

            a church 

            a congregation of believers


We can smile as old John speaks gently to this woman 



                        alerting her to some danger

                        hoping to see her face to face


In his youth John was referred to

            as one of the

            "sons of thunder" 

In his old age you hear

            none of that

            no dreadful rumblings 

Now he knows what is important 

            it is the command of Jesus

            that we love one another.




                                 LIVING IN THE TRUTH

                  A word of caution for a gracious lady.

                                   II  John and  III  John


    1The elder, to the elect lady and her children, whom I love,

and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth,

2because truth abides in us and will be with us forever.

   3Grace, mercy, and peace be with you from God the Father

and from Jesus, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

    4 I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children

walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. 

5And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new

commandment to you, but that which we have had from the

beginning:  that we love one another.  6This is love, that we

walk according to His commandments.

    7For many deceivers have gone out and do not confess

Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.   8Look to yourselves,

that we do not lose those things we worked for.  9Whoever

does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. 

He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father

and the Son.  10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring

this doctrine, do not receive him 11for he who greets him
shares in his evil deeds. 
12Having many things to write to you,
I did not wish to do
so with paper and ink; but I hope to come
to you and speak face
to face, that our joy may be full.

    13The children of your elect sister greet you.  Amen.


    1The Elder, to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth: 

    2May you prosper in all things and be in health, just as your

soul prospers.  3 I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and

testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. 

4 I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in truth.

    5Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren

and for strangers, 6who have borne witness of your love before

the church.  You sent them forward on their journey in a manner

worthy of God; you do well. 

    9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have
preeminence, does not receive us.  10 I call to mind his
which he does, prating against us with malicious words.

    11Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. 
who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not
seen God.

    14 I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face. 

Peace to you.  Our friends greet you.  Greet the friends by name.
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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